“I don’t think we should… or those guys should be panicking about things. They’ve got the skills, they’ve got the talent; it’s about supporting it and giving them the right opportunity.”
Arshdeep, the seam on the left arm, took center stage in India, dragging the match over to the latter. He had also conceded a limit via a freestyle, to Kyle Mayers, in the power play, but was excellent at death with his variations in pace, length and angles. He gave up just ten runs in the 17th and 19th overs, with Hardik Pandya and the spinners also playing their part. Rohit was particularly impressed with India’s late rally with the ball.
“That’s something I’m really proud of the team [for]’, he said. “When you defend a goal like that, it can be over in 13-14 overs or you can drag it to the last ball. I think we did that today. We dragged it over to the last. The boys kept fighting and it was important for us to keep taking wickets at the same time. So you have to plan and see how you’re going to take those wickets and I thought the planning that we did – whatever we talked about – the guys came and executed it.”
In the first T20I on a two-speed Tarouba surface, India achieved 190 for 6 despite the steady decline in wickets. In the second game, on a similarly challenging surface in Basseterre, India stayed true to their offensive batting approach, but this time it failed as they were knocked out for 138 with two unused balls in their innings. Rohit insisted Monday’s failed battle was no cause for concern and India would not deviate from their gung-ho approach.
“Really, really happy with how the bowlers have bowled, but of course there are certain things in our batting that we really need to look at,” said Rohit. “But again, I say that too: we will continue firing that way because we want to achieve something. Unless you try and do it, you will not achieve it.
“So, I think, a strange result here and there, we shouldn’t panic. It’s about giving those guys that clarity, and after one loss, we’re not trying to change anything. We’ll keep going [up] same intensity and same intent with the bat.”
“First, there weren’t enough runs on the board for us,” he said. “We didn’t hit well and I thought the field was playing pretty well, but we didn’t apply ourselves. But that can happen. I’ve mentioned it over and over that when you’re trying to achieve something or when you’re trying to do something as a batting group you will not always succeed. [in] games like this could make you understand what you could have done. So we will try to learn from the mistakes we made today and see if we can correct those mistakes in the next game.”